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CHLChris 07-12-2010 04:23 AM

10-minute trigger job?
I hate starting a thread with such a lame question, but here goes. I recently started an AR build and I had at first suggested I would buy a 2-stage trigger group, but I wanted to stay inexpensive. And then someone (I think JD, maybe Slo) suggested I go with a single-stage and do something called a 1--minute trigger job and gave a clue as to where that thread was. But the search function for FTF totally stinks a big one and I can't find anything like that. I can't even remember where I heard about this thing.


I've got a few more days of waiting for a stock and so I'd like something to work on instead of just looking at an almost-finished rifle and wipe the drool off the corner of my mouth.

canebrake 07-12-2010 04:57 AM

Try this:

15 Minute Practical Trigger Job for the AR-15

Quentin 07-12-2010 03:55 PM

Chris, if you try this you might want to get spare springs first. Last year after my build was done I lightly touched up the hammer and trigger surfaces but didn't like the idea of cutting springs. And after more breaking in the trigger isn't too bad at all.

Quentin 07-12-2010 04:01 PM

I didn't see Slo's post when I posted but agree 100% that it may not be smart to do your own trigger work - at least until you understand exactly what you're doing. Very easy to change the sear angle and get a hammer that drops unexpectedly or doubles. You do not want that! :eek:

BTW, have you dry fired the lower (catch the hammer with your thumb!) and are unhappy with the trigger? I'd live with it for a few weeks before possibly fixing what ain't broke.

Jo da Plumbr 07-12-2010 04:41 PM

I just did the trigger job on my AR. I read through the directions and when it got to the part that said "at the very worst you have only ruined a few dollars worth of springs", I decided to buy the JP light spring kit.

Ten bucks. Went in easy and I am very happy with the results. I also polished the trigger sear to help smooth the action. I used a soft cotton cloth attachment on a Dremel Tool. This is not recommended by the experts but I like living on the edge of sanity. :eek::D;)

CHLChris 07-13-2010 11:48 PM

I only ask because I heard that there is such a job that can possibly be done. At this point, since I've never fired an AR yet, I don't know what benefit would come from a trigger job. I don't even know exactly what a lighter trigger pull would help. My pull now isn't that heavy. At least it isn't a long pull like a DA trigger on a handgun.

As it is, with an eye toward preparation for SHTF, which this rifle is a big part, I'd like to stock up on some parts anyway. It seems that at least one parts kit (complete except for the grip) is a good idea to have on hand, maybe even 2 sets.

Thanks for the direction on this.

CHLChris 07-10-2011 02:43 AM

I'm back on the hunt in this direction.

I went shooting with Tackleberry1 this afternoon at Clark Rifles and he was tremendous help. I'd never sighted in a rifle before and he helped me get squared away with my new Nikon M-223 scope while also teaching me.

After 150 downrange with pretty good results for the relative novice I am, I am really beginning to dislike my trigger. It is just the single-stage standard trigger that comes in the RRA LPK. I don't have a measuring device, but compared to my 1911 SA trigger at 4-5 lbs., this one has to be over 12 lbs. I just find it very difficult to predict when it will break.

Not that money is no object, but I'd be willing to put $100-200 into a better trigger. Should I?

I think I might prefer a really light single stage still, but I'm not sure that following Cane's link to work on my trigger would get me far enough toward where I want to be.

What single-stage light trigger groups are out there that I should consider?

JonM 07-10-2011 03:12 AM

i just got one of the rra 2 stage triggers. basically the first stage is just the take up till you hit the sear. they are around 150$-ish for the chrome easy to clean ones. in the 200-300 range your looking at the giesele stuff a little more and your timney territory.

ive got about 100 rounds down range with the new setup. my groups went from about 3-4 inches to 2-3 inches (worn m16a1 barrel from the 60's or 70's was milsurp). the single stage i had was very creepy and was really difficult to control the release. was like night and day tween the two. easier to focus on the sights than having to fight not to screw up the follow through with the heavy single stage.

Tackleberry1 07-10-2011 02:16 PM

Chip McCormic 2 stage

I looked up mine, it's a Chip McCormic 2 stage. I paid about $160 for it 7 years ago. Looking back through my round count on this lower, I've dropped the hammer over 6k times with this unit and it's still going strong.:)

Enjoyed shooting with you yesterday.

Good Luck


CHLChris 07-10-2011 11:24 PM

Likewise, Tack! You're how-to-fish teacher's mentality is extremely appreciated. Glad to have met you. I know we will meet again.

But you spoiled my right index finger! Yeah, the McCormick triggers are pretty nice at a good price, but now they are $190 at cheaperthandirt.

Are you able to replace any springs, or is that even necessary in a drop-in unit?

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